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NYPA Teams Up with Riverkeeper For Rain Barrel Workshop

Contact:
NYPA- Lou Paonessa
716-286-6661
Lou.Paonessa@nypa.gov

Riverkeeper - Adrienne Kina
716-852-7483

October 9, 2009 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Vista will provide the setting for a free Rain Barrel Workshop on Tuesday, November 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. 

Sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the workshop is part of a new program aimed at battling the problem of sewer overflow that causes more than four billion gallons of raw sewage to enter area waterways each year.  The goal of the Riverkeeper’s Community-Based Stormwater Education and Rain Barrel Distribution Pilot Program is to promote the use of rain barrels as a way to divert stormwater runoff.  Made possible by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the program aims to educate the public on the benefits of rain barrel use and the important role they can play in controlling the runoff of polluted water into the sewer system. As part of the program, Riverkeeper will distribute 161 rain barrels free of charge and plans to sell another 1,000 barrels annually.   

Workshop attendees are also invited to enjoy the Niagara Power Vista’s attractions, which include displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history, as well as spectacular views from the observation deck, 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge.  Parking and admission at the Power Vista, located at 5777 Lewiston Road in Lewiston, are always free.

For more information, call 716-286-6661 or 1-866-NYPA-FUN, or visit www.nypa.gov/vc/niagara/htm.

About NYPA:

■    The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation's largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.  ■    About 75 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.  ■    For more information, www.nypa.gov

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